The New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association is pleased to announce that Laura Dennis, of Brantingham Lake, has been chosen as this year’s inductee for New York state into the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame.
Although Laura’s mother came from a family of fiddlers from Quebec, Canada, Laura had little exposure to fiddling until later years. Fifteen years ago, she attended a fiddle concert and found the music magical and exciting. Desiring to learn to fiddle, Laura contacted a local fiddler and Hall of Fame Inductee, Randy Kerr, who helped start her on her way to fulfilling her childhood dream.
The criteria for selecting a Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame Inductee require that the nominee be an advanced fiddler who is known to have contributed to the preservation, perpetuation and promotion of the tradition of Old Tyme Fiddling through performing, teaching, and sharing his or her knowledge of fiddling with others.
Laura has shared her tunes and experiences with many people at performances and has taught beginning fiddling to a number of aspiring young people as well as adults. She is a member of both the Central Chapter and Black River Valley Chapter Fiddlers.
She has presented three concerts at the Fiddlers’ Hall of fame and performs regularly for chapter concerts, fundraisers, weddings, funerals, county fairs and church services. As her friends and family are well aware, fiddling and performing has been a great source of joy in Laura’s life.